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Holistic Christianity

Definitions

  • PHILOSOPHY -  characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
  • MEDICINE - characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.
Living out Christianity holistically is the idea that the parts which make us who we are are united or integrated, that we aren't ignoring or neglecting a part, but placing it all before God and saying, "I want to live 'well' for you and with you."

Working Definitions

  1. spirit - the part of us that engages with God
  2. body - our physical self, the vessel for our spirit
  3. soul - our humanity, where spirit and body intersect, where we experience body, thoughts and emotions
Mark 12:30 (ESV) 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

What does it look like to live disintegrated?

  • this is familiar to us! the common state of humanity 
  • our primary engagement is with the circumstances of life
  • may attend to one or the other as dysfunction arises
  • we live reactively instead of intentionally

What does it look like to live integrated or holistically?

  • prep work (actually constant but start here!)
    • slow down
    • assess your life and state without judgement
    • acknowledge desire
    • listen for God's heart
  • spirit
    • learn how you are wired to connect to God, "personal" relationship
    • practice listening and responding
    • look for how God wants to minister his love to you
  • body
    • stop living in denial
    • start small
    • eat real food
    • drink water
    • move your body with intention
  • soul
    • maybe the hardest area, the heart of our pain and traumas
    • STRESS, neurological patterns of mental illness (Curt Thompson MD book.....)
    • be attentive to your feelings and how you are experiencing life
    • watch for disconnection, allow the lord to work out connection
    • examine, examine, examine
    • grace, grace, grace

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